For your Soweto Sightseeing & Cycle Tour you will be collected from your hotel in the morning. An English-speaking guide will go with you on this fascinating excursion.
The fun starts at the Carlton Centre in downtown Johannesburg. At 223 metres (732 feet) it is the tallest office building in Africa. You’ll ascend to the 50th floor to see stunning views of the city.
Next, climb aboard a bus for a sightseeing tour, stopping at the Apartheid Museum to learn more about South Africa’s recent history.
Arrive in Soweto in time for lunch, and enjoy local specialties at a buzzing restaurant. With full tummies it’s time to jump onboard a bike to explore the streets of this colorful, multi-cultural neighborhood.
Soweto may sound like an African name, but the word was originally an acronym for "South Western Townships". A product of apartheid planning, Soweto was created to house mainly black labourers who worked in the mines and other industries. From its early days, Soweto was a center for anti-apartheid campaigns. The 1976 student uprising, also known as the Soweto Uprisings, began in Soweto and spread from there to the rest of the country.
More than 3 million people call Soweto home, and they speak all of the 11 official languages of South Africa. Why not pick up a few common phrases to greet people with while riding through the streets?
Explore some of the most famous locations, listen to the stories and discover the people that make this area the vibrant place it is today. Drop into a former male migrant workers’ hostel to learn about the realities of life here.
Continue on to Meadowlands, made famous when families were forcibly removed from Sophiatown to this town in the 1950s. Cycle past the historical landmarks of the 1970s student uprisings and visit the memorial site of Hector Pieterson, a 12 year old student who was tragically killed in 1976.
Cycle down Vilakazi Street where Nelson Mandela used to live and where Bishop Desmond Tutu has his home. After the 2-hour cycle tour you will board your vehicle again and will be taken to a local shebeen bar, where you can enjoy a drink (payable direct), play pool or even dance.
At the end of the day-long excursion you will be dropped back at your hotel.